PROJECT UPDATE - SPRING 2022

The 3 Ave Walking and Wheeling Upgrades Detour is now open! The project aims to make it easier to walk and wheel along the 3 Avenue south corridor while providing vital East and West connection to our existing pathway network during construction.

We know that the 3 Ave detour is a temporary solution to support the construction in the Eau Claire area, and with that, allows the City to test and evaluate different traffic patterns, roadway interventions, and walking and wheeling infrastructure to plan for future projects, detours, and active mode construction.

In fall 2021, we began collecting baseline quantitative data, reviewed open-source from previous years, including pre-pandemic information. Now we are looking to gather qualitative data on your experience on 3 Avenue South. We want to better understand the overall user and community experience and to help inform future considerations around active modes infrastructure in the downtown.

We are looking for your input!

By providing your input and feedback on the 3 Avenue S upgrades, which include permanent crossings and signals, and the temporary detour, we can determine what works well and what needs improvement or consideration when determining future walking and wheeling projects within the city.

Share your feedback at 3 Avenue Walking and Wheeling Upgrades by CLICKING HERE

They survey will be open throughout Summer 2022. In the Fall of 2022, we will report back and share the results of data collected, so be sure to check back.



ABOUT THE PROJECT

As Calgary grows, our pathway and bikeway capacity needs to develop to ensure a safe and enjoyable space for everyone.

The 3 Avenue South Walking and Wheeling Upgrades Project aims to make it easier to walk and wheel along the corridor while providing vital East and West connections to our existing network. The 2018 Centre City Bicycle Volume Map shows that 3 Avenue South is one of the busiest cycling routes in the centre city. Creating a high-quality facility, that is accessible for all ages and abilities, will address some pedestrian and traffic safety concerns that have been raised in past engagement with the communities of Chinatown and Eau Claire, and pathway users along the Bow River and River Walk pathways.

A dedicated option for people wheeling provides separation between people travelling at different speeds, which improves safety, predictability and comfort. Using the Always Available for All Ages and Abilities (5A) Network principles approved by council in January 2020, the 3 Avenue South upgrades will work to increases comfort, safety, connectivity and accessibility for all users. We know that Calgarians want walkable communities, with convenient and attractive connections to neighbours, shopping, services, cultural experiences, natural spaces, workplaces and educational opportunities. Pathways and bikeways provide them with the ability to connect with these destinations.

The project will improve active transportation connections to businesses, residences, transit, and existing pathways and bikeways. There is an increased demand for sidewalk space along 3 Avenue and the River Walk pathway, and providing an on-street alternative will help to alleviate the strain on sidewalk capacity in the area. By moving mobility devices such as scooters, in-line skates, and skateboards off of sidewalks into accessible pathways and bikeways enables people of all abilities to travel in the area comfortably.

We are launching this project in coordination with the Eau Claire Area Improvements so that we can find efficiencies and connectivity with other projects in the area while addressing the impact to the community. We know that future development in the Eau Claire Area means there will be a need for alternative routes for walking and wheeling when the existing Bow River Pathway is closed due to construction or in the event of high water levels on the Bow River. Doing the work now supports our intent to create resilience in the area and future-proof our pathway and bikeway network


The Upgrades

The upgrades being made for people who walk and wheel in the area include:

  • Improvements at intersections that enhance safety and make it easier to cross the street
  • The possible installation of signals (where appropriate) to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramp reconstruction and accessibility improvements
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Changes to on-street parking, including curb extensions or concrete islands that will improve the visibility of people at intersections
  • Creating angle parking stalls where appropriate on side streets to increase parking capacity
  • Creating dedicated facilities for cycling and other mobility devices such as scooters, in-line skates, and skateboards

Why 3 Avenue South?

  • 3 Avenue South is the only east-west road that connects to the Bow River Pathway Network on the west side in the Eau Claire community (at 8 Street S.W.) and the east side in the Chinatown community (via 1 Street S.E.).
  • 3 Avenue South supports connectivity and accessibility for people walking, wheeling, and taking transit in the centre city.
  • The 3 Avenue South upgrades will support the Eau Claire Area Improvements Project during construction. The upgrades we’re making along 3 Avenue will ensure that Calgarians are provided with an alternate route to the Bow River Pathway Network during construction and will also improve access to businesses and residential areas in the vicinity.
  • 3 Avenue South has a range of businesses which can be supported through increased access for customers and employees travelling by foot, bicycle, and other active modes.
  • Past plans and policies have identified 3 Avenue South as an active transportation corridor and it is an existing on-street bikeway.
  • 3 Avenue South is one of the busiest roads for cycling in Calgary (at the west end) and connects to both the 7 Street S.W. and 5 Street S.W. cycle tracks as well as Eau Claire and Sien Lok Park (via 1 Street S.W.).

Relevant Policies and Plans

3 Avenue South was identified as a cycling connection in several plans and policies:

PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT

PROJECT AREA

ZONE CONCEPTS

ZONE A

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ZONE B

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ZONE C - OPTION 1

ZONE C - Option 1

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Zone C - Option 2

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ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK

In general, how often do you travel using the following?
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than monthly
Never
Walking or wheelchair
Bicycle
Micro-mobility (scooter, in-line skates/ rollerskates, skateboard, etc)
Electrified mobility device (E-scooter, E-bike, Electric skateboard, etc)
Transit
Automobile
Taxi and/or Ride-hailing Service
When travelling to and along 3 Avenue South, which transportation modes do you use?

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Why do you travel in this area?

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What are the mobility needs of people who live, work, and access this area?

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How has the experience of travelling to and along 3 Avenue South changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began?

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NEXT STEPS

The input collected during public engagement has been used to inform and refine the final design concepts. Input received through this engagement was one of many factors considered as the design and supporting materials were created. Other considerations included technical and feasibility studies, community and economic conditions, and previous engagement results.

The project team also recognizes that significant engagement has occurred in the plan area, including previous engagement for Eau Claire Public Realm, Tomorrow’s Chinatown, the Green Line, Flood mitigation, and pathway and bikeway plans. This feedback has not been lost and was also taken into consideration in the final designs.

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